The grapes to produce Merlot Reserva Curico Valley Viña Echeverría were fermented to dryness in stainless steel tanks for seven to 10 days at controlled temperatures of between 25 to 28°C with selected and native yeasts. 100% of Merlot Reserva Curico Valley Viña Echeverría underwent malolactic fermentation, before being aged in 225 litre used Frenchoak barrels for four to five months to add complexity and to achieve softer tannins.
The grapes were cultivated in the Central Valley (Entre Cordillera). Selected from several vineyards within the Central region, including the Curico, Maule and Colchagua Valleys, each terroir imparted complexity to the resulting wine. The climate in this region is Mediterranean with a long, dry summer season and intense sunlight. There is a marked diurnal temperature range and this difference between day and night temperatures encourages the concentration of flavours in the berries.
Viña Echeverria is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverría family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverría is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverría combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.